Jim M. Perdue

Jim M. Perdue

Trial Lawyer

Key Facts

University of Houston, B.S. (cum laude), 1961
University of Houston Law Center, J.D. (cum laude) 1963
Legal and Professional Associations
A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute
American Association for Justice
The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
The American Board of Trial Advocates
The American College of Legal Medicine
American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
Advisory Board to the Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston College of Law
The Civil Justice Foundation
Gulf Coast Legal Foundation (Director 1996-97)
Houston Bar Foundation
Houston Law Review (Director)
Inner Circle of Advocates, member
International Society of Barristers, member
The National Board of Trial Advocacy
National Health Lawyers Association
The Law Science Academy
Texas Bar Association
Texas Bar Foundation
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
University of Houston Law Alumni Association (Secretary/Treasurer)


Described as the "king" of Texas medical malpractice lawyers by Forbes magazine in 1989, Jim M. Perdue, Sr. has for the past forty years been a trail blazer in bringing new concepts to the art of jury persuasion. Forty years ago, he used an economist to calculate and project personal injury damages, and introduced the testimony at trial. Other landmark trial techniques have included the use of working models and multi-dimensional displays in medical malpractice and product liability cases, and the use of health care providers' advertising literature as a basis for establishing vicarious liability.

Success in securing substantial and in some cases unprecedented multi-million dollar verdicts and recoveries for his clients have resulted in appearances around the country as a speaker and lecturer. He has spoken before law schools, scientific associations, medical groups, bar associations, trial lawyer organizations and colleges of advocacy, delivering over 400 presentations ranging from the substantive law of malpractice and product liability to the psychology of jury persuasion, trial techniques and strategy.

He has authored texts and treatises on the substantive law of medical malpractice and product liability. The appellate courts of Texas have often cited his books, law review and journal articles. Moreover, numerous appellate opinions in cases he has prosecuted have pioneered the way for today's victims of negligence, defective products and corporate indifference.

Perdue is a member of a number of prestigious law associations, such as the Inner Circle of Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers.

In addition to his works provided through Trial Guides, Mr. Perdue has authored chapters in a number of legal works, and has published more than fifty journal and law review articles in publications such as Trial and Texas Bar Journal. Mr. Perdue is an adjunct professor, teaches courses on courtroom storytelling at the University of Houston Law Center and serves Of Counsel to the Houston-based firm of Perdue & Kidd, L.L.P. He is a frequent speaker at legal education conferences around the country. He lives in Houston, Texas.